This Week's Funding News wc 2nd December 2020

New & Updated Funds

UPDATE The COVID-19 Charities Fund (Now awaiting full details of re-opening in December)

In its first phase the Fund allocated £8.8m to applicants. A further round will now be opened to applications from charities impacted by the pandemic. This additional funding will provide vital support to charities whose fundraising and trading has stopped or been curtailed because of this pandemic. The Covid-19 Charities Fund has a remaining budget of £6.7m, but this will be increased by £5m to £11.7m to ensure charities are supported.

Further information will be provided by NICVA when available.

Belfast City Council: Community Recovery Support Grants (Micro Grants Closing 11th December, Medium Grants Closing 18th December)

Funded by Belfast City Council, Department of Communities, The Executive Office and Belfast District Policing Community Safety Partnerships, two new grant schemes to help communities continue to address challenges related to the impact of COVID-19.  Funding is for constituted groups to deliver programmes and project activity focused on COVID response in their local areas. The COVID-19 Community Recovery Support Fund Microgrant  is up to £1500, with the COVID-19 Community Recovery Support Fund Medium Grant up to £5000.

UPDATE  Consortium: LGBT+ Futures Grants Programme (Now closed to all but NI & Wales)

Thanks to the National Emergencies Trust, a total funding pot of £350,000 is available to LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects. The funding is available to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

NB  Please note: They have been overwhelmed with requests from this funding stream and therefore this fund is now closed for applications, except those organisations based in Wales or Northern Ireland.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Ideas and Pioneers Fund

The Ideas and Pioneers Fund supports people with a vision of a better society, helping them to explore the potential of their ideas for change.  They aim to fund those with an innovative idea or new approach who are at the earliest stages of idea development – even if their plan is risky or experimental. They are looking for potential, not the finished product.  Provides grants of up to £15,000 on a rolling application basis with no deadlines.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve their natural world, secure a fairer future and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK.  Under their new strategy, grants support organisations’ core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. They also provide unrestricted funding for charities. They do not fund building or equipment costs, or individuals.  Minimum grant size is £30,000

Community Foundation NI: The Hobson Looked After Children and Young People Funds (Closing 1pm, 7th December)

Managed by CFNI, this new fund offers grants of up to £10,000 to support looked after children and young people, and those transitioning from care, to support them to feel emotionally stable and financially secure, and ultimately make sure that they are able to thrive in life.   Six grants of up to £10,000 and one award of £30,000 are available.

ESB: Wind Farm Community Fund (Closing 12 Noon, 7th December)

Administered by Groundwork NI, the ESB Wind Farm Community Fund provides grants of £1,000 to £6, support community projects which clearly address current and emerging local issues, needs and opportunities, while also seeking to develop and build upon existing initiatives.


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NB You can see ALL current and paused COVID-19 funding schemes on NICVA's constantly updated COVID-19 Fundraising Hub